Thousands evacuated as Odisha river breaches embankment

Bhubaneswar, July 22 : About 10,000 people were evacuated and moved to safer places Tuesday after the Baitarani river breached its embankment following heavy rain in Odisha's Jajpur district.

Film on Sudarsan Pattnaik goes to Sundance fest

Bhubaneswar, July 21 : Documentary maker Raj Sampad's short film "Dreaming With Sand" chronicling the inspiring story of sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik has officially entered the Sundance Film Festival, its maker said Monday.

Odisha rivers flowing close to danger levels

Bhubaneswar, July 21 : Most of the Odisha rivers were flowing close to the danger level Monday due to heavy rainfall across the state, an official said.

Heavy rain triggers Odisha flood alert

Bhubaneswar, July 20 : Heavy rains continued to lash many parts of Odisha Sunday, prompting authorities to issue a flood alert in all districts.

Top Odisha Maoist sent to 10-day police remand

Bhubaneswar, July 19 : A court in Odisha Saturday granted the police a 10-day remand of top Maoist Sabyasachi Panda, a day after his arrest, a defence lawyer said.

Police destroy Maoist camp in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, July 19 : Police Saturday said they have destroyed a Maoist camp in Odisha's Deogarh district.

Sudarsan Pattnaik pays tribute to MH17 victims

Bhubaneswar, July 18 : Noted sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik Friday paid tribute to the passengers and crew members of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 that crashed in Ukraine, by creating a sand sculpture in Odisha.

Odisha's top Maoist Sabyasachi Panda arrested

Bhubaneswar, July 18 : Odisha's most wanted Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda was arrested Friday in the state's Ganjam district. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik congratulated the police and reiterated his appeal to the rebels to shun violence.

Top Odisha Maoist leader held

Bhubaneswar, July 18 : Odisha's most wanted Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda was nabbed Friday in the state's Ganjam district, police said.

Opposition demands action on misutilisation of IDCO land

Bhubaneswar, Jul 17 : The Opposition Congress and BJP in Odisha Assembly today demanded stern action against those involved in what they alleged the misutilisation of IDCO land by the industrial houses.

Police bust arms racket in Odisha, five held

Bhubaneswar, July 17 : Police Thursday claimed to have busted an illegal arms selling racket in Odisha and arrested five people from Cuttack city in this connection.

Odisha proposes port on Mahanadi river to handle 22 MTPA cargo

Bhubaneswar, Jul 17 : A riverine port on river Mahanadi at an estimated cost of Rs 1919 crore has been projected to handle cargo movement of around 22 MTPA in the first phase which will be expanded to 55 MTPA in second phase.

Congress reacts to cabinet decision during Assly session

Bhubaneswar, Jul 17 : Opposition Congress today charged the BJD government with not taking the Assembly into confidence while announcing policy decision and strongly reacted to yesterday's Cabinet decision when the house is in session.

Child sale rocks Odisha Assly, Opposition demands statement from CM

Bhubaneswar, Jul 17 : Opposition Congress and BJP today trooped into the well of the Odisha Assembly, shouting slogans and disrupted the business of the House demanding a statement from Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on the alleged sale of children by a couple in the state capital.

Landless women in Odisha to get 4 decimal of homestead land

Bhubanewar, Jul 17 : Landless women residing in rural areas in Odisha will now get four decimal of homestead land from the state government.

Odisha couple held for selling their children

Bhubaneswar, July 17 : A couple was detained in Odisha's capital Bhubaneswar for allegedly selling their three children, including a new-born baby, for money, police said Thursday.

Woman gang-raped in Odisha, two held

Bhubaneswar, July 15 : Two people were Tuesday arrested in Odisha's Kendrapada district and a manhunt was launched by police to nab another person after a Dalit woman complained that she was raped by them, an official said.

SC slams Odisha over plight of migrant workers

New Delhi, July 15 : The Supreme Court Tuesday slammed the Odisha government for turning a blind eye to the plight of migrant workers being taken to other states by unscrupulous contractors or middlemen on the promise of good jobs but who were exploited and living in sub-human conditions.

Alstom bags Rs.107 cr order for NTPC's Odisha plant

New Delhi, July 15 : Alstom India and NASL have won a contract worth 13 million euro (Rs.107.4 crore) from NTPC to renovate and modernise the state-run power generator's thermal plant in Talcher, Odisha.

Odisha government humiliated police officer: BJP

Bhubaneswar, July 15 : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Tuesday accused Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik-led Odisha government of humiliating an honest and efficient officer in the state.

Odisha sand artist's sculpture to mark German win

Bhubaneswar, July 14 : Internationally acclaimed sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik Monday created a sand sculpture on the beach of Odisha's Puri town to congratulate the German team on winning the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

BJD disrupts assembly proceedings over Polavaram project

Bhubaneswar, July 14 : Legislators from Odisha's ruling BJD Monday disrupted the proceedings of the state assembly here demanding cancellation of the multi-purpose Polavaram irrigation project in Andhra Pradesh.

Three Odisha coal mines resume production

Bhubaneswar, July 14 : Production has resumed at the three open cast coal mines of the state run-Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd. (MCL) in Odisha which were shut since July 11 after protests by locals, a company official said Monday.

Sudarshan Patnaik creates sand art for FIFA World Cup final

Puri (Odisha), July 13 : As the final of FIFA World Cup 2014 is just some hours away, famed sand artist Sudarshan Patnaik created a representative sand sculpture of the cup at a beach in Puri.

Flip-flop over Odisha police officer's posting causes row

Bhubaneswar, July 13 : The Odisha government's decision to go back on its recommendation for a top police officer's posting and then shifting him to a post considered far less important has triggered a row.

Three Odisha coal mines shut over protests

Bhubaneswar, July 11 : Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd. (MCL), a unit of the state-run Coal India, Friday shut operations and transportation at three coal mines in Odisha over protests by locals, an official said.

Choppy waters ahead, Odisha fishermen warned

Bhubaneswar, July 11 : Fishermen in Odisha were Friday warned against venturing into the sea as gusty winds and a rough sea would prevail along the state's coast, an official said here.

Budget lacks focus in crucial areas: Naveen Patnaik

Bhubaneswar, July 10 : Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Thursday expressed disappointment over the union budget and said it "lacked focus" in crucial areas.

Odisha orphanage under scanner over begging issue

Bhubaneswar, July 10 : Authorities will take legal action against an orphanage in Odisha over allegations that it kept children illegally and forced them to beg, an official said Thursday.

Odisha to set up cold storage in all blocks: Minister

Bhubaneswar, Jul 9 : Odisha Agriculture Minister Pradip Maharathi today said the state government would set up cold storage in all blocks within the next five years.

BJD holds protests against rail budget

Bhubaneswar, July 9 : The ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) Wednesday organised demonstrations across Odisha against the central government for neglecting the state the rail budget.

Naveen Patnaik opposes linking of rail fares with fuel price

Bhubaneswar, July 8 : Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Tuesday opposed the linking of the railway fare with fuel price saying that it will affect the common man.

NRIs and NROs keen to invest in tourism projects of Odisha- Panda

Bhubaneswar, July 8: Some Non-Resident-Indians and Non-Resident Odias residing in USA have expressed their keen interest to invest in the development of Amusement Parks, wayside amenities and eco-tourism in Odisha.

Asia's largest convention centre coming up in Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar, Jul 7 : A modern iconic Convention Centre-cum-Trade Zone (CTZ) with a sitting capacity of 6,000 delegates and an open field to accommodate over 25,000 people will be set up here soon.

Odisha varsity inks pact with Tibetan administration

Bhubaneswar, July 7 : The Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) Monday said it has inked an agreement with the Tibetan administration-in-exile to work in areas of mutual interest related to education.

Devotees throng Puri as Jagannath return festival begins

Bhubaneswar, July 7 : Over four lakh devotees thronged Odisha's temple town of Puri for the Bahuda Yatra or the homecoming festival of Lord Jagannath and two other deities Monday.

Sanjeev Marik assumes the charge of Odisha DGP

Bhubaneswar, Jul 6 : Mr Sanjeev Marik, an 1981 batch IPS officer today assumed the charge of the Director General of Police. He succeeded Mr Prakash Mishra who was transferred as the CMD of the Odisha State Road Transport Corporation (OSRTC).

Sanjeev Marik new Odisha police chief

Bhubaneswar, July 5 : Odisha Saturday appointed Sanjeev Marik as the state's new director general of police, shifting incumbent Prakash Mishra to head the state roadways corporation.

Mobile based monitoring launched in Odisha to oversee NREGA & IAY

Bhubaneswar, Jul 5 : Odisha Minister for Panchayati raj Arun Sahu launched a mobile based monitoring system to oversee the proper implementation of the Indira Awas Yojana and NREGA at the grass root level here today.

Odisha becomes self sufficient in fruit bearing planting

Bhubaneswar, Jul 5 : Odisha has become self sufficient in fruit bearing planting materials and is in a position to export some of the species to other states.

Five Odisha workers stranded in Iraq

Bhubaneswar, July 5 : At least five workers from Odisha have been stranded in strife-torn Iraq, an official said Saturday.

Odisha projects under review: Prakash Javadekar

Bhubaneswar, July 4 : Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Prakash Javadekar Friday said his ministry is reviewing various Odisha projects and expects to complete the review by July-end.

Centre to formulate Action Plan for pending projects-Javadekar

Bhubaneswar, Jul 4 : Union Environment and Forest Minister Prakash Javadekar today said that the Centre will formulate an action plan to clear various projects pending due to the environment clearance in the country.

Basant Panda elected BJP legislature party leader

Bhubaneswar, Jul 4 : BJP Nuapada MLA Basant Panda was today unanimously elected as the BJP legislature party leader.

Odisha moves to seize Sai Pragati group properties

Bhubaneswar, July 4 : Odisha Police Friday initiated the process of confiscating properties of Bhubaneswar based Sai Pragati group in connection with four cases of money laundering and chit fund scam, an official said.

Basant Panda re-elected Odisha BJP legislature party leader

Bhubaneswar, July 4 : Two-term legislator Basant Kumar Panda was Friday unanimously re-elected the leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Odisha assembly.

Odisha demands levy of green tax on mining

Bhubaneswar, July 3 : Odisha Thursday reiterated its demand for levy of green tax on mining at the state finance ministers meeting in New Delhi.

Odisha govt emplyees to receive e-statement of GPF

Bhubaneswar, July 3: Odisha will be first state in the country to stop issuing of manual GPF statement and instead issue e-statement of GPF to the state government employees.

Court remands Sudipta Sen to seven days judicial custody

Bhubaneswar, Jul 3 : Khurda District and Sessions Judge Durga Prasanna Choudhary today remanded Saradha Chit fund company chief Sudipta Sen to seven days judicial custody and posted the next hearing of his remand sought by the Enforcement Directorate to July 10.

It was a conspiracy to keep me away from Rath Yatra-Puri Seer

Bhubaneswar, Jul 3 : The controversy over the Jagannath temple administration writing letter to Puri Sankaracharya to come alone for darshan of Lords atop the chariots on June 29, took an ugly turn with the Puri seer describing it as a conspiracy to keep him away from offering prayer to the Lord.

Special trains for Sandhya darshan, Bahuda and Sunavesh

Bhubaneswar, Jul 03 :The East Coast Railway(ECoR) has provided special trains from different parts of the state, including special trains to and from neighboring states, to provide comfortable journey to the commuters to and from Puri during the world famous Car Festival-2014 of Lord Jagannath,

Odisha waves market fee on fruits, vegetables

Bhubaneswar, July 3 : Odisha, one of India's top vegetable producers, Thursday said it has deregulated fruit and vegetables from local market fees so that these can be available at lower prices to consumers.

Ruling BJD sweeps Bolangir, Titlagarh ULB election in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, Jul 2 : Ruling BJD swept the elections to Bolangir and Titilagarh municipalities, the results of which were declared today.

Three new judges sworn in Odisha High Court

Cuttack, Jul 02 : Three advocates were today admistered the oath of secrecy as Judges of the Odisha High Court.

Odisha policeman held for sexually exploiting woman colleague

Bhubaneswar, July 2 : A police inspector in Odisha was Wednesday arrested for sexually exploiting a woman police inspector for 13 years, an official said.

Eight Maoists surrender in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, July 2 : Eight Maoist rebels surrendered in Odisha Wednesday, police said.

BJD wins civic polls in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, July 2 : The ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) Wednesday won civic body elections in two Odisha towns.

Construct school kitchen sheds, NHRC directs Odisha

Bhubaneswar, July 2 : The NHRC has directed the Odisha government to construct kitchen sheds in all its primary schools, a petitioner said Wednesday.

Anti-graft watchdog slams Odisha for not collecting penalties

Bhubaneswar, July 1 : Anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International Tuesday slammed the Odisha government for not collecting Rs.68,700 crore penalties the state imposed on mining companies about two years ago.

Odisha CM lauds Sudarsan for winning US awards

Bhubaneswar, June 30 : Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Monday congratulated sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik for winning prizes at the World Cup of Sand Sculpting 2014 held in Atlantic City in the US.